The length and width of a paddlecraft affect its speed and maneuverability.Length:
- Longer paddlecraft have greater speed and tracking.
- Shorter paddlecraft are more maneuverable.
- Wider paddlecraft provide greater stability but tend to be slower. Narrower paddlecraft provide less stability but tend to be faster.
- The width of a stand-up paddleboard is especially important since it will affect your stability. You also want to make sure that the width of the board suits your height so that you can paddle more easily.